March 28, 2017
Updated: April 15, 2017
The Globe and Mail
Commuters board a TTC subway at Kennedy Station in Scarborough. Pro-subway advocates on Toronto city council beat back an attempt to get more information about an alternative for Scarborough transit, instead pushing the divisive project forward. (Kevin Van Paassen/Globe and Mail)
After around eight hours of debate, council has voted to have staff push ahead on the Scarborough one-stop subway extension and advance design work until it is 30 percent done. But they also voted against a motion seeking a full comparison between the subway proposal and a light-rail alternative, something that staff have never done.
The key debate took place between Mayor John Tory, who supports the subway extension, and Councillor Josh Matlow, who is fighting for a comparison of the different options before a decision is made. Councillor Matlow was critical of Mayor Tory for using anecdotal evidence to make such an important and costly decision.